“Nimbys” win day over plans for care home in Grays

PROPOSALS FOR a care home in Grays for people with learning difficulties was rejected last night amidst controversial scenes at Thurrock Council.

The proposal presented by Mrs Dorothy Bello who manages the Divine Lodge Care Home in Chafford Hundred was for supported living accommodation at 116 Cromwell Road, Grays for three people with learning difficulties.

The application was criticised by local councillor and deputy mayor Yash Gupta. Cllr Gupta said: “My fellow ward members and I have supported many applications for care homes in the past but we feel that this is not an appropriate place for a care home of this description.”

Mrs Bello raised concerns that a campaign of “dis-information had been waged in the street. Mrs Bello said: “Many residents had been told that young offenders would be moving into the area.

“We had a coffee morning at the property and once people knew the truth, they were much happier.”

Council officers confirmed that there would be parking provision at the back of the property.

Cllr Barry Palmer opined that if this property was detached then it may have some merit whilst cllr Steven Veryard felt more information should have been provided by the Adult Social Care Dept.

The committee agreed to reject the proposal but then deferred the formation of an alternative proposal which appeared to anger cllr Gupta.

Further reaction to follow.

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